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									Elementary Science Fair
   The Steps for a Successful
     Science Fair Project
    The Scientific Method

You should always follow the 9 steps
 of the scientific method when doing a
 science project to be successful.
Step 1 – Select a Topic

                           A. Student
                      What is my interest?

                            B. Parent
    Selected Topic
                     Will I be able to help?

                           C. Teacher
                     Is the project on level?
Step 1A: Select a Topic - Student

 What are my interests?
 What would I like to learn about?
 Do I have a question about something?
            Where to look for topics?
                  Science Fair books
 Does my project meet the rule requirements?
Step 1B: Select Topic - Parent

 Should I help with the selected topic?
 Does the selected project meet the rule requirements?
 Do we have the needed materials for the project or know
  where to purchase or borrow?
 Do we have a timeline for the experiment to be done on
 Is my child meeting the deadlines of the teacher?
 How should I help to put the research paper and display
  board together?
Step 1 C: Select Topic - Teacher

Is the project at the student’s ability level?
Does the project meet the rule
Is there parent approval?
What is the timeline for each step?
Locate needed resources for students.
Are the students meeting the timelines?
Data/Project Log - REQUIRED

The log starts on the date you select and it
 is approved by the teacher
Each new entry must be dated
This log is HANDWRITTEN – not typed
ALL observations and measurements are to
 be recorded
Remember all measurements are metric
Step 2 Identify the Problem

This is a sentence or question about the
Example: What type of container will
 keep my soda cooler longer?
Or I would like to compare the
 temperature of a glass bottle of soda to a
 can of soda.
   Step 3 Collect Background

                               Topic Books

RESEARCH about Project         INTERNET:
      Media Center               Websites
 Minimum of 5 references      Search by Topic

                                 CD ROM:
Research Notebook - REQUIRED

 Must be written in your own words. Do not just
  print the pages from the computer.

   –   Research your topic in books and online
   –   Make notes as you do the research
   –   Paraphrase what you read in your OWN words
   –   Research paper may be typed or handwritten
   –   You are to have a minimum of five sources
   –   Must list your sources in the bibliography in the
       correct format
Step 4 Form a Hypothesis

 A hypothesis is a statement of what you believe
  will happen in the experiment. This statement is
  based on the research you have done.
 Do not start with “I think.”

Examples: “The can will keep the soda cooler
   longer than the plastic or glass bottle.” OR
“If soda is placed in can, then the soda will stay
   cooler longer than in plastic or glass.”
Step 5 Design an Experiment

 Materials List:      Procedure:
  All materials         The procedure is a step
  needed to conduct     by step set of directions
  the experiment:       on how to do the
                        experiment. Remember
Paper                   to use are metrics.
Ruler                 Step 1 – gather all materials
Measuring cup         Step 2 – explain how to set up
Step 6 During Experiment


    During the       Notes
    Experiment    Journal/Log

                 Analyze Data:
                   What have I
                  learned from
                   the results?
Step 7 Repeat the Experiment

The experiment is to be repeated
 at least 3 times.
This is done in order to prove the
 results as true.
Step 8 Drawing A Conclusion

This is a sentence or sentences that state
 what did happen during the experiment.
 What did you learn from the experiment?
Example: The can kept the soda cooler
 longer than the glass bottle.
Step 9 Application

What could the results be used for?
How could I use the knowledge I have
 gained from the experiment?
How will I use what I have learned?
How could others use the information I
 have gained from the experiment?
     The Display Board

                 Question       Data/
Hypothesis                      Results

                  Charts        Conclusion

                 Pictures       Application

             Notebook and Log
             2006 - 2007 Websites
1) Science Fair Center -
2) Science Fair Center for nonscientist parents –
3) What Makes a Good Science Fair Project?
4) Discovery School .com –
5) Elementary Projects (Grades 4 - 6) -
6) Science Projects 13.01 -
7)     IPL – Science Fair Resource Guide -
8) Successful Science Fair Projects -
9) Science Fair Prep -
10) Steps To Prepare A Science Fair Project(Cyber Fair) -
11) Science Fair Ideas – USGS –
12) Yahoo – Ask Earl -
13) Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects -
14) Lycos Search -
15) Science Fair Resource Center -
16) Science Fair Links -
    Good Luck

You are able to be successful!

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